Hank Williams tribute at Gayville Hall Saturday Gayville Hall begins its third season on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Gayville with its most popular show, A Celebration of Hank Williams, starring John and Susan McNeill, Nick Schwebach, and Owen DeJong.
The country-music tribute attracted standing-room-only crowds at two previous Gayville Hall outings and has also been presented successfully at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, the Grand Opera House in Dell Rapids, and the Lauridsen Theatre in Okoboji, IA.
The concert of Hank Williams' tunes was developed by John McNeill, who is emcee and star performer at Gayville Hall with his wife. He teaches at the state prison in Springfield and is one of South Dakota's prolific songwriters.
McNeill sings a majority of the songs in the show, plays drums, guitar, harmonica and banjo, and weaves a commentary about Williams' life and songs between the numbers. Susan McNeill plays bass in the band and also sings several tunes.
Schwebach, who handles steel guitar and honky-tonk vocals in the show, founded the popular band Poker Alice. He is a Dell Rapids native living in rural Wakonda.
DeJong has played fiddle in Poker Alice for a decade and a half and previously was in The Travelin' Band of Nashville during the 1980s. He is classical music director at South Dakota Public Radio by day.
DeJong and Schwebach have also performed together for 23 years in the Public Domain Tune Band and tour in the Comfort Theatre Company's production of Always, Patsy Cline.
Advance reserved seating for A Celebration of Hank Williams is available for $12.50. Call the box office at 605-267-2859. Tickets will be $10 at the door.